County women fall short of national title with Messiah
Some former York County standouts have come up just short of winning an NCAA Division III softball national championship with Messiah College.
The Falcons' dream season ended on Monday with a pair of losses to the Patriots of the University of Texas at Tyler, 3-0 and 7-0.
The Texas team swept the best-of-3 national title series, 2-0.
The national championship was the first in program history for UT-Tyler (49-5). In this weekend's softball championships, the Patriots outscored their opponents 30-2 across six games.
Messiah (47-6) fell just short of its first national crown since 2009. Their 47 wins is a new program record, four more wins than they had in 2009.
Dallastown High School graduate Amanda Jones led Messiah with a .425 batting average to go with four homers, 38 RBIs and 20 stolen bases. The junior shortstop/outfielder also had a .450 on-base percentage and a .600 slugging percentage.
York Catholic grad Carrie Fix excelled on the mound and at the plate for Messiah. The sophomore utility player/pitcher hit .362 with three homers and 30 RBIs, She had a .419 on-base percentage and a .568 slugging percentage. On the mound, she finished 9-3 with a 2.86 ERA.
Another former York-Adams League standout, Madelyn Yannetti, a freshman pitcher/infielder from Gettysburg, was 11-2 as a pitcher with a 1.43 ERA. She also hit .292 with a homer and eight RBIs.
Two other York County players were also members of the team, Dallastown grad Haylee Anders and Central York grad Kyla Caruso. Both are freshmen.